A Favorite Recipe: Light Chicken Salad (no mayo!)

light chicken salad made with greek yogurt

Chicken salad is one of my go to comfort foods. It’s light yet filling and goes well on a salad, on bread, or in a wrap. Easy for picnics, road trips, or a packed work lunch.

My favorite store-bought chicken salad is Trader Joe’s wine country chicken salad with cranberries and pecans. I could eat an entire container in one sitting, it’s that good. But at 11 grams of fat per serving I only allowed myself to purchase it as a special treat.

Over the past year I’ve mastered a lighter version of my favorite chicken salad. What is the secret?Fat free greek yogurt!

light chicken salad

By simply replacing yucky processed mayonnaise with greek yogurt you save your waistline for a whole lot of damage and also increase your protein and probiotics intake. The greek yogurt offers the same texture and tangy taste as the mayo but cuts the calories and fat into half!

The recipe below makes enough to feed Ryan and I for lunch for three days. You’re going to love it and will never want full fat mayo chicken salad again.

Ingredients:

  • 1 full rotisserie chicken cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup greek yogurt (adjust to your liking. Recipe is fine with more or less)
  • 1 cup diced celery (I like a lot of celery)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup craisens
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp stevia (or other natural sweetener)
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Enjoy chilled on a salad, wrap, crackers, or bread. Happy taste buds and no guilt!

greek yogurt chicken salad

xoxo Katie

Skinny Mozzarella Sticks

skinny moz sticks

I love everything about the holidays except one thing: those pesky extra pounds that creep on after the multitude of holiday parties. I’m really feeling the extra weight this season. It is just so hard to say no to your favorite cookies, traditional family meals, and excessive drinking. Everything is a celebration – which means bring on the food and drink – which means an extra five pounds on my hips come January!

I always struggle at holiday parties. When food is in front of me I’m bound to eat it. Add alcohol into the mix and I tend to snack on double the amount that I should. I always like to bring a healthier plate to holiday parties to give me a little help.

This is why I was so happy to perfect this recipe of  “Skinny” Mozzarella Sticks. They are so tasty that you don’t think twice about them being healthier than any kind you’d order up at your local bar. Made with egg roll wrappers, you can eat 2 or 3 of these mouth-watering treats and not feel too guilty!

They are an instant crowd pleaser for all ages. Plus, they won’t hurt your Christmas budget or take up too much of your precious Holiday time, leaving more time to celebrate!

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

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12 pieces of mozzarella string cheese (I use Weight Watchers brand, only 1 point each)

12 egg roll wrappers

Olive oil (about 1/4 cup)

Marina sauce for dipping

Directions:

1. Lay an egg wrapper flat and place a single cheese string in the bottom corner. Fold bottom corner and roll up. Dip the remaining corners in water and fold them around the cheese. (the water acts as a sealer. otherwise the wrapper will flap open while cooking).

2. Repeat with all wrappers and cheese sticks.

3. Begin to heat olive oil on a frying pan on your stove top.

4. Once the oil starts to bubble, add the sticks, a few at a time. Fry time for about 1 minute on each side or until they are golden brown.

5. Lie the finished sticks on papers towels to drain the excess oil.

6. Serve hot with marina sauce for dipping!

Happy Christmas feasting! 

xoxo katie

Quinoa Pizza Bits – Healthy Snack

quinoa pizza bites

I’m a HUGE snacker.

I like to graze throughout the day instead of eating 3 meals. I also prefer appetizers to actual main courses. A night watching my favorite TV is not complete with out something to munch on. This gets me in trouble as it sizes me out of my skinny jeans.

I’m always looking for healthy yet tasty and fun snacks. There is only so many carrots and celery a girl can eat. I also would like the snack to be filling and nutritional. How many of us have sat and gone through an entire bag of baked BBQ chips and end up still starving? Or is that just me?

That’s when I decided to mix up and bake these Quinoa Pizza Bites. They’re fun (pizza!), easy, and healthy!

You get all the powerful benefits of Quinoa. In case you didn’t know Quinoa is a SUPER food which:

1. Is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat.

2. Is FILLED with Fiber – making you feel fuller longer with fewer calories.

3. Contains Iron – to help keep our red blood cells healthy as well as increases brain functionality, regulation of body temperature, and aids in aids enzyme activity and energy metabolism.

4. Contains lysine – essential for tissue growth and repair.

5. Is rich in magnesium to help with migraines, reduce Type 2 diabetes, detoxification, energy production and formation of healthy bones and teeth..

6. Contains a high content of manganese – a powerful antioxidant which helps prevent damage and protect red blood cells.

 Let’s get cooking!

Ingredients:
1/2 c. uncooked quinoa
1 large egg
1/4 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. fat free shredded mozzarella
1 t. minced garlic
1 T. dried basil
1 t. dried oregano
pinch of salt
pizza sauce for dipping
Directions:
1.  Boil the quinoa and 1c. water and cover. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes (until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender).
boil the quinoa
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all of your ingredients (except the pizza sauce) in a mixing bowl until it is well mixed.
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3. Lightly spray the bottom of a mini-muffin tin with olive oil spray. Scoop ~1T. into each muffin tin.
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4. Bake them for 15-20 and let cool. Serve them warm with pizza sauce to dip in!
I’ve also dipped them in ranch and honey mustard for a twist! They are very filling and just 2 or 3 will fill you up as a snack. Enjoy!